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Mon. August 8, 2011 | Eduardo A. Encina

Former Brandon slugger Roderick Shoulders signs with Cubs

Former Brandon slugger Roderick Shoulders signed a pro deal with the Chicago Cubs, who drafted him in the 25th round of this year's MLB first-year player draft, on Monday.

Shoulders said he still has to pass a physical, but hopes to report to the Cubs on Friday or Saturday.

Shoulders -- who led all state junior college players with 58 RBIs this past season as a freshman at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota -- had committed to USF before the draft.

"Ever since I was growing up I wanted to play professional baseball," Shoulders said. "College is hard to pass up, but not everyone gets the chance to play professional baseball."

Shoulders was drafted in the 20th round last year by the Red Sox, but decided to attend junior college.

"I kind of knew a little bit more about it this year," Shoulders said.

Shoulders said he will play first base and switch hit in the Cubs organization.

-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (eencina@sptimes.com; Twitter: @EddieHometeam)

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